SEE THE BIG PICTURE


Here is something else you must understand: There is much more at stake here than a simple desire on your part to do something new or innovative. You need to see the big picture. Although God desires to use you, He is much more interested in changing you.

It’s wonderful when God uses us in this earthly realm, but it is also very temporal. Our lives on this earth, even with our greatest accomplishments, are but “...a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14). Yes, God wants to use us to carry out His will in the earth, serving as a channel through which His supernatural power can transform the lives of people around us. But that isn’t all He wants. As we step out in faith to obey the Lord, trusting Him and choosing to believe His Word over anything and anyone else, we ourselves will also be miraculously changed, transformed from glory to glory into the image of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).

You need to see the big picture. Although God desires to use you, He is much more interested in changing you.

On the other hand, what happens if you sit and stagnate in your comfort zone, refusing to change or to grow, ignoring divine opportunities that God sets before you? When you make that choice, you choose to stay in a place where He is hindered from working in your life.

The Holy Spirit can’t give you powerful new revelation from God’s Word if you’re not accepting the challenges that would require a fresh word from the Lord in order to achieve success. As long as you insist on remaining where you are with no obstacles to overcome, the Holy Spirit will be hindered in His desire to display His delivering power or to bring forth godly character and integrity in your life.

As long as you choose to remain in that place of false security, you will live a mediocre life without a plan or purpose — denying your calling, your gifting’s, and your potential. Mediocrity will be your standard because you won’t allow yourself to develop spiritually. You won’t mature in the knowledge of God, nor will you grow in His wisdom.

God knows that you can obey Him only if you are willing to deal with your fears, your unbelief, and your selfishness. This is His prerequisite to your carrying out the dream He has placed in your heart: You must renew your mind to His way of thinking and His way of seeing things. You must be transformed by His Word.

In order for you to fulfill the vision that burns within you — the word you’ve received from God — He requires that alterations and changes are first made in you !

In order for you to fulfill the vision that burns within you — the word you’ve received from God — He requires that alterations and changes are first made in you!

That, my friend, is exactly what God is after in your life.

You must always keep in mind that your works are not the only thing God is concerned about. He is just as concerned with your character, your faith, and the condition of your spirit. These are all aspects of your life that will last for all eternity! God is more passionate about you and your willingness to yield yourself wholly to Him than He is about everything you might accomplish in this life.

So when you say, “But this step of faith will demand so many changes in me!” — you’re exactly right! That’s what God wants to do: He wants to change you in the process of using you. He wants you to be all you can be in terms of talent, ability, and character. He wants you to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, who walked in complete obedience to the revealed will of God for His life.

Don’t stop short of the goal. Let the Spirit of God deal with your heart. Let Him reveal the areas of weakness that hinder you. Let Him help you work through your fears and anxieties. Above all, don’t deny your individual uniqueness and your irreplaceable part in His great plan. You were created to be remarkable, not just in your achievements,but in the very essence of your being!

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